Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

Hour 1 Hour 2 Hour 3
Watch Jim from Washington, D.C. Comments

Jim wants to get a 4K UHD TV that offers split screen or picture-in-picture support. Scott says most TV manufacturers have dropped that option as TVs have gotten thinner, and other features like HDR have gotten more popular. No TV can really support split screen anymore. Computer monitors can do it. An external device may be able to do it, but that's an additional cost. He should also consider that split screens will clip or crop the image so he wouldn't see the entire screen.

Watch Jim from San Clemente, CA Comments

Jim wants to avoid having to use multiple remote controls. Will his cable box remote take over for the TV remote? Scott says it's all in the programming. He'll have to have the right code in there and sometimes it's trial and error to get it right.

Can he also have it control the sound bar? Scott says that could be a challenge. But if any remote can do it all, Scott recommends the Logitech Harmony remote.

Watch Susan from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Susan wants to buy an LG OLED TV, but they have various models. Which should she buy? Scott says that LG makes the B7, which is the Costco model, C7, which is their budget brand, then the E7, G7 and W7. All those are 2017 models and Scott recommends all of them. He recently reviewed the LG C7, and it's no different from the B7, which is a "captive model" exclusive to Costco.

The good news is that LG has slashed the prices of all their OLEDs by quite a bit. There really is no difference between the B7 and the C7. All of those models use the same OLED screens and the video processing is the same. The only difference would be cosmetic or additional features. The 65" E7 is $4500, and the 55" E7 is $3500. They're not cheap, but if she's in the market, it's a good buy. She should make sure she can control the amount of light in the room, though, as OLED isn't good for a bright room.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

Hour 1 Hour 2 Hour 3
Watch Jeremy from Costa Mesa, CA Comments

Jeremy is a cord cutter who uses an indoor over the air antenna to get live broadcast television, but he's not getting very good reception. Scott says like any antenna, his reception will depend on where he can put the antenna. The higher the better, and it's best to have it close to a window. Getting an amplified antenna would be a good idea as well. He should try and put it within line of sight of the broadcast transmitter. The chatroom says to use a signal booster too, but Scott says an amplifier will only amplify the noise if it's not within the range of the channel signal.

Scott says he can abandon the antenna entirely and go with live TV streaming. DirecTV Now, SlingTV, Hulu, even YouTube have live streaming TV packages. Of course, that does mean he's back to paying a monthly fee.

Watch Dean from Tehachapi, CA Comments

Dean would like to have a TV on his wall that he can use as a kind of motion video frame. Scott says any TV will do, and he can just connect it to a Blu-ray player and then have it set to play on a loop. The chatroom says that there's waving American flags on YouTube lasting up to 10 hours that he could play as well. With a Smart TV, he can navigate to YouTube with his TV's browser and play it. Scott says it will pump light into the room, though, and so when watching a movie, he should turn it off.

Watch Adam from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Adam has an A/V receiver, but it doesn't have HDMI. Can he still use it? Scott says not really, at least not for video. HDMI is the standard connection now in HDTVs, and if it doesn't have it, then he'll need a newer A/V receiver to handle the connection. If it had component, he may be able to get away with it, but it's not likely, and it still wouldn't be digital.

Adam will want to get a model that is future proofed with connections that can pass through 4K UHD signal, because eventually, he'll get one with a 4K source. The sub woofer is also causing things to shake and rattle a lot. Scott recommends putting a pad or carpet underneath it and in front of it to dampen out the vibration.

Image By Alexey Goral (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Watch Tracy from Manhattan Beach, CA Comments

Tracy just replaced his Pioneer Kuro with an LG B7 OLED TV. Scott says it's a pity he had to, because it was the best TV ever made, but all good things come to an end. Should he calibrate the LG OLED? Scott says he can pay a professional to calibrate his TV, but he can get about 80% of the way by selecting the "Cinema" mode in the settings. He can also get HD Blu-ray DV Essentials to help dial in the settings. Calibrating it perfectly will cost him several hundred dollars, but if he paid thousands for the TV, that could be worth it.

Watch Richard from San Rafael, CA Comments

Richard would like to only have one remote control. He has a Harmony 1000, and it almost does the job, but it doesn't have a TV guide that can pop up. Is there a remote that can do that? Or can he use a tablet like an iPad? Scott says he'd have to have something in between that could take the Wi-Fi signal of his iPad and then transfer it into an IR signal.

Dijit is recommended by Gizmodo. iRule is another option. Scott doesn't like a touch screen remote, though. He prefers physical buttons. But sometimes you just need a screen.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

Hour 1 Hour 2 Hour 3
Watch Dan from Chatsworth, CA Comments

Dan got a new cable box with Spectrum, but after a week he started to get an HDMI error because his connection has been "compromised." Scott says that the first thing to try is to power cycle the cable box. That will reload all the standard default settings. It could also be a faulty cable. So replacing the HDMI cable could solve the issue. Scott also says that being an older TV, the connection could be choking. Or maybe the HDMI connector could be failing.

Scott really thinks that Spectrum made a software change that isn't compatible with his older TV. He should try using the component input. It won't be as good, being an analog connection, but it could be his only solution short of upgrading his TV.

Image By Alexey Goral (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Watch Dave from San Diego, CA Comments

Joe wants to know if backlighting or bias lighting will help combat eye strain while watching TV. Scott says that in a dark room, he'll get a better image, but with HDTVs being brighter, it can cause eye strain. That's why a bias or backlight helps. It shines a light behind the TV onto the wall and it smoothes out the light that your eyes see, so that your eyes aren't working as hard. It has to be a certain shade of white, though — D65. 10% of the peak brightness of the TV. The best place to get a bias light is CinemaQuestinc.com.

Image By Stephan Legachev (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Watch Jerry from Pennsylvania Comments

Jerry has a laptop and he wants to know if he can connect his Apple TV to it so he can watch movies. Scott says that if the laptop is a Mac, then AirPlay with the AppleTV will make it easy. If it's a Windows laptop, then Miracast is what Windows supports. Both the laptop and TV have to support it, though. If not, then Google Chromecast will work and it's very affordable at $35. Find out how to do this at support.google.com.

Watch Donald from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Donald has several TVs, and when he watches streaming content, he has to turn up the volume all the way. Scott says that different methods have different audio levels and there's really not much he can do about that.

Watch Dave from Myrtle Beach, SC Comments

Dave would like to know if video cards with an HDMI output would allow him to calibrate his TV with his computer. Scott says that HDR calibration is in its infancy and he can get HD test pattern generators. The HD Fury Integral will add HDR meta data to do it. But for the cost, it's better to have a pro do it. Or he could get a test disc like Disney WOW or HD Benchmark. That will get him about 80% of the way.